Ancient Jerusalem hand imprint baffles Israel experts

Israeli Antiquities Authority/AFP (Fair Use)

Israeli archaeologists said Wednesday that they are trying to uncover the meaning of a recently discovered hand imprint carved into the stone wall of an ancient moat outside Jerusalem’s Old City.

The imprint, which may been made as a “prank”, was found in a thousand-year-old moat exposed during works to expand a road in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem near Herod’s Gate, the Israeli Antiquities Authority said.

The massive moat was hewn into the stone around all of the Old City, stretching 10 metres (33 feet) across and between two to seven metres deep and, unlike typical European ones, not filled with water.